Missouri Botanical Garden Hosts Works of World-Renowned Artist with Chihuly in the Garden 2023

Chihuly Missouri Botanical Garden

Ambitious 2023 Exhibition and “Chihuly Nights” Experience

The work of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly is coming to the Missouri Botanical Garden in a stunning exhibition uniting art and nature. With thousands of pieces of blown glass forms in 20 dramatic installations throughout the Garden’s grounds, Chihuly in the Garden 2023 presents these artworks on a grand scale. The Garden will host Chihuly in the Garden 2023 daytime viewing through October 15, 2023. 

Garden President, Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson, noted “Chihuly in the Garden 2023 will be our most ambitious exhibition to date. We are pleased to host the work of the legendary Dale Chihuly. His art, designed specifically for the botanical garden setting, captures the imagination. As these works are especially mesmerizing at night, we’re delighted to offer our Chihuly Nights experience.”

Hailed as one of the most important artists of the 21st century, Dale Chihuly has transformed glass into a multidimensional artform. An advocate for beauty and institutions, Chihuly began working with botanical gardens in 2001, bringing art lovers outside and inspiring garden lovers to see art in a new light. His renown has continued to grow nationally and globally, most recently as the subject of a Smithsonian Channel documentary. 

Chihuly in the Garden 2023 has been curated expressly for the Missouri Botanical Garden. Chihuly’s work is sited in dialogue with its environment, enhancing the beauty of nature and amplifying the appreciation of the natural world. Chihuly in the Garden 2023 will be an expansive exhibition, drawing inspiration from the Garden’s landscape and using form and color to ignite joy. 

The Garden is also hosting Chihuly Nights, giving visitors the opportunity to experience these masterpieces in an extraordinary way. The installations are transcendent when illuminated at night. Visitors will enjoy live music and entertainment as they stroll the Garden. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Chihuly Nights will be Thursdays through Sundays, through August 27. Doors open at 6 pm.

Lelia and David Farr are the presenting sponsor of Chihuly in the Garden 2023. Other lead sponsors include Edward Jones, Schnuck Markets, Inc. and Scott Schnuck, and Steward Family Foundation.

Daytime visitation to Chihuly in the Garden 2023 is included with Missouri Botanical Garden general admission. Chihuly Nights ticket prices range from $8 to $25. Tickets are on sale now. 

This exhibition is organized by Missouri Botanical Garden in cooperation with Chihuly Studio. The artwork on view is protected by copyright and any copying is expressly prohibited. 

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer. 

For more information visit mobot.org/chihuly

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 164 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display. 

About Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly is an American artist who transforms spaces with experiments in color, light, transparency, and form. He is known for mounting exhibitions and large-scale architectural installations around the world and for revolutionizing the studio glass movement. Chihuly works with a variety of media including glass, paint, charcoal, neon, ice, and Polyvitro, and his work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide, including Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Corning Museum of Glass. Major exhibitions include Chihuly Over Venice (1995-96), Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem (1999), de Young Museum in San Francisco (2008), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2011), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond (2012), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada (2013), Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada (2016), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas (2017), Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands (2018), Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, U.K (2019), and Gardens by the Bay, Singapore (2021). Chihuly Garden and Glass, a long-term exhibition located at the Seattle Center, opened in 2012.